Escaping Domestic Violence

Wednesday, September 27th 2006, 10:52 am
By: News On 6

Two violent attacks in the last 48 hours and a murder-suicide over the weekend that nearly killed a third person. Police say all are suspected cases of domestic violence in eastern Oklahoma.

Counselors say calls for help are on the rise in Tulsa. They say the victim's shelter is nearly filled to capacity most nights.

So how do people fight this crime that tears families apart?

One survivor who endured nearly a decade in an abusive relationship says you simply have to reach out your hand. She says help is out there, but victims need to realize their situation and say 'enough.' "You know you hear the psychological story, you put the frog in hot water and he'll jump out, but you put it in cold water and turn up the heat and it stays there."

Last year, DVIS in Tulsa provided emergency shelter to 650 women and children.

If you need help, counselors say you can call 911 or the DVIS hotline at 7-HELP ME (743-5763).